Explosion at Didion Milling leaves 1 dead, 2 missing

By Erin Voegele | June 01, 2017

One plant employee is dead, two are believed missing and 14 were injured following an explosion Wednesday night at Didion Milling Inc. in Cambria, Wisconsin.

According to information released by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the explosion occurred at Didion Milling facility at approximately 11:00 p.m. on May 31. Seventeen employees were in the facility at the time of the explosion. Two were treated and released and 12 were transported to hospitals via ambulances, Med Flight and Flight for Life. The sheriff’s office has confirmed one fatality, with two employees believed to be missing.

Emergency personnel are on the scene actively working and investigating. A cause of the incident has not yet been released.

The sheriff’s office said 23 fire departments, two Med Flight responders, two Flight for Life responders, eight EMS services, four police departments, county and state departments rendered assistance following the explosion, along with the Red Cross, Salvation Army and other entities.

Located approximately 45 miles north-east of Madison, or 85 miles north-west of Milwaukee, Didion Milling has been in operation for approximately 40 years. In 2006, the company broke ground on a 50 MMgy ethanol plant, Didion Ethanol LLC, across the street from its dry corn mill. The ethanol plant has been operational for nearly a decade. Ethanol Producer Magazine has been unable to determine if the ethanol plant was damaged by the explosion.